New Delhi: Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai on Thursday said 2,500 civil defence volunteers will be deployed under the city government”s “Red Light On, Vehicle Off” campaign starting October 18 for effective implementation of the drive to curb vehicular pollution.
The campaign will be prominently carried out at 100 traffic intersections spread across 13 police districts in the city, he said, adding that a mock drill of the campaign will be conducted on Sunday.Also Read - International Flights: Air India Announces Fresh Flight Schedule Between India and Thailand | Here’s How to Book Tickets

Rai said that the decision was taken after a joint meeting with the Delhi Police, civil defence officials, environment department officials and SDMs on Thursday. “In the meeting it was decided that this campaign to check pollution will be carried out on 100 crossings in 13 police districts. At 90 crossings, batches of 10 civil defence volunteers each will be deployed. However, at another 10 major intersections, batches of 20 civil defence volunteers each will be engaged,” Rai said. Also Read - Weather Update: North India, including Delhi to Shiver At 12 Degrees Next Week, Warns IMD

Major crossings where 20 volunteers each will be deployed include:

ITO, Bhagwandas crossing on Tilak Marg, Tolstoy crossing on Barakhamba Road, Chandgi Ram Akhara crossing, near Moti Bagh Metro, Peeragarhi Chowk, Prithviraj Road crossing, Rajesh Pilot Marg, Madhuban Chowk, Pitampura metro crossing and Karkari Mor. Also Read - Delhi School Reopening News: Expert Panel of DDMA Recommends Resumption Of Classes 6-8 at 50% Capacity

Gopal Rai said these civil defence volunteers will work as “Paryavaran Marshals” and also hand out pamphlets carrying information regarding Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s three appeals to the public. To help fight pollution in Delhi, Kejriwal had on Tuesday appealed people to actively participate in “Red Light On, Vehicle Off” campaign and also avoid using their car at least for one day in a week. He had also appealed to Delhiites to report any case of violation of pollution norms on the Green Delhi App.

The minister further said that the main aim of this campaign is to cut down on vehicular pollution. He said the campaign will continue for a month till November 18. The civil defence volunteers will be deployed in two shifts of 8 am to 2 pm and 2 pm to 8 pm.

He said that Delhi government will do whatever it can to keep the levels of pollution considerably low in the city. “As per a PCRA (Petroleum Conservation Research Association) report switching off engines on red lights can reduce pollution by about 13-20 per cent and can save around Rs 2,500 crore annually. Last year this campaign was a success so we appeal the public to make it a success again this year,” Rai said.

(Based on PTI inputs)